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akvavit

Danish name for Aquavit; look there.

The name of this very popular especially in the Scandinavian countries brandy is derived from Aqua vitae (lat. Lebenswasser). In the Middle Ages, aquavit was still made from wine, later from potatoes and only from the end of the 17th century from grain. At that time, flavorings such as juniper berries, malt, honey, dill and caraway were used for flavoring. Gradually, however, caraway has prevailed as a...

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